AIKEN, SC (June 12, 2015) Clemson University’s Austin Langdale enjoyed his third straight day of sub-par golf at the 2015 Palmetto Amateur, giving him a 7-under-par total of 203 after three rounds and a three-stroke lead over second-round leader Ben Schlottman and Sean Kelly, both in the clubhouse at 206.
Schlottman, a member of Auburn University’s golf team, had a tough day, with four front side bogeys and one on the back nine to finish his day with a 3-over 73. Kelly, a South Carolina Gamecock, had a stellar back nine that included birdies on nos. 10, 11, 16 and 18, giving him a hot hand as he heads into the fourth and final round on Saturday.
Only seven players are under par for the tournament, including William Gordon of Davidson, NC, who fired the best round of the day at 4-under par. That leaves Gordon tied with J.D. Tomlinson of Gainesville, FL at 2-under, five strokes behind Langdale.
Other players remaining under par after three rounds include Aiken’s own Dane Burkhart, who is currently tied for sixth with Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, GA.
ABOUT THE PALMETTO AMATEUR
The Palmetto Amateur was founded in 1976 by Dr. Berry Crain, Jr. and Skipper Perry. Gene McClure, a USGA rules official, longtime Palmetto member and past Executive Committee member, spoke to players on the eve of the 2015 tournament, the first one to be played without Crain (who passed away in early 2015) at the helm.
The 2015 champion will be the first to lift a new piece of hardware at Palmetto – the Berry Crain, Jr. Memorial Trophy, a sterling silver cup in memory of Dr. Crain.
“It came from England as a memorial, and now it is a memorial to the great Berry Crain and to the strength of this golf championship that he and my good friend Skipper Perry created 40 years ago,” said McClure. “Berry Crain did so much for Palmetto Golf Club.”